Molly of Denali — PBS KIDS Newest Show Is Also A Podcast

Molly of Denali, which premiered earlier this month, is the first nationally distributed children’s series with a Native American as its lead character.  This latest PBS KIDS production from WGBH Boston is earning high marks, including first-hand praise from a Springfield Head Start class of migrant children. Continue reading

Project-Based Learning Webinars for Your Summer

Summer can offer educators a chance to slow down in their schedules as well as catch up on professional development that’s important to them. This balance of ease and energy allows teachers to return to the classroom refreshed and more confident.

Based on the number of Massachusetts K-12 teachers who registered for two Project-Based Learning (PBL) webinars this past spring, PBL is important to them.  This engaging and Continue reading

Lest We Forget

This panoramic image from Yad Vashem’s Hall of Names in Jerusalem is said to be Israel’s most important Holocaust memorial.  Its space suggests the magnitude of lives lost during a nightmare from which six million Jews would not awake.

Holocaust Remembrance Day is this Thursday on the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, and PBS has many resources for viewers and students to learn and remember.

On Tuesday, April 30, at 10 p.m. WGBY airs the FRONTLINE documentary “The Last Survivors” about Britain’s living survivors, who were children during the nightmare. The film shares intimate interviews about how they have dealt with Holocaust memories and what it’s like to think about dying at a time when acts of anti-Semitism are rising.

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There’s a reason we do this: Teach Poetry

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

These famous words written by acclaimed poet Robert Frost from “The Road Not Taken” are from a poem taught to virtually every child in school. There’s a reason we do this: teach poetry.  It’s because the written word can be an avenue for creative expression.  Words can move us and change us through books, stories, plays, and, of course, poems.

This month is National Poetry Month, originally created in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets.  Throughout the month of April, poets and poetry become the forefront of creative teaching, but just because the month is almost over doesn’t mean this form of art should no longer be taught.  We’re here to help make sure you can bring poetry to your students, wherever and whenever.  Continue reading

From Women’s History Month Into Poetry Month!

What a reason to be excited! In 1987, Congress declared March to be Women’s History Month, and there’s so much history to learn about. While March is about to end, that doesn’t mean you can’t keep teaching about the amazing contributions women have made to the world.

If you’re worried about finding resources or just need some extra help, don’t worry.  PBS LearningMedia has Continue reading

Love These Resources from PBS LearningMedia

Happy Valentine’s Day.  Ladybugs are unlikely to conjure images of love as do doves, swans and puppy dogs.  Many may think of ladybugs as harmless creatures that walk along window sills and occasionally take wing.  But this video from KQED San Francisco and presented by PBS Digital Studios shows them gathering after long winter flights to hibernate and find mates in a ritual that is sure to fascinate students.

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50 Years of Sesame Street — A Force for Good in 150 Countries

Regardless of the grade you may teach, please take a few minutes to watch this joyful Sesame Street Season 50 Anthem that launches a year-long celebration.

Sesame Street is now the longest-running children’s show in American television history.  As a recent press release explains, “Set against the backdrop of the civil rights movement and the war on poverty, Sesame Street was created to answer a simple question:  could television be used to  Continue reading

Homelessness Close to Home

The  homeless — we may notice them on sidewalks or at traffic lights.  Sometimes they’re holding signs, sometimes they’re rummaging through trash or pushing carriages packed with bags.  How much do we really know about this population to which virtually none of us would want to belong?

A two-part series about homelessness in our region that recently aired on WGBY’s nightly program, Connecting Point, explores Continue reading